Our experienced pediatric orthodontist at Central Park North Orthodontics can clearly see by age seven whether developmental issues can turn into problems. Early detection of common orthodontic problems such as crowding, premature loss of baby teeth, cross bites, or many other unfavorable developmental issues can lead to the implementation of the most appropriate treatment, which can result in a shorter course of therapy, and is less painful for the patient. One orthodontic procedure we may recommend for your child from our East Harlem orthodontist office is interceptive orthodontics.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age seven. At this early age, orthodontic treatment or braces may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. During your child’s initial visit to our East Harlem orthodontist, they will receive a complimentary clinical examination to determine whether orthodontic treatment is necessary. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches, and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain. That is why we have started offering interceptive orthodontics for our littlest patients. Interceptive orthodontics is a technique and philosophy which was developed to address certain orthodontic problems between the ages of 7-11. This early intervention and phased treatment can result in fewer extracted teeth and better patient compliance. Some of the techniques used in this interceptive orthodontic phase include arch expansion (which allows more room for permanent teeth) and orthopedic growth appliances (which enhance jaw growth and make later orthodontic treatment much simpler). These early interventions act as Phase 1 of a two-step orthodontic treatment. Phase 2 will occur closer to the time when standard orthodontics generally takes place.
If your child has reached the age of seven, or has already begun losing baby teeth but their corresponding adult teeth haven’t arrived, it’s time you find an East Harlem orthodontist to evaluate their dental health. Interceptive orthodontic techniques will allow Phase 2 of the treatment to become simpler, less extensive, and less expensive than it otherwise would have been. At Central Park North Orthodontics, we will ensure that your child has a warm and friendly experience in a fun-filled atmosphere the entire time we care for their teeth, no matter what phase they’re going through.